On Earth Day US Navy Tries Out New Color

While the traditional colors of the US Navy are blue and gold, this military branch is mixing it up with a little green. The Navy has plans to award more shipbuilding and weapons contracts to favor companies that provide energy efficient products.

The Green Hornet during a test flight. (U.S. Navy photo by Kelly Schindler/Released).

The "Green Hornet" during a test flight.

In the works is a “Great Green Fleet” carrier strike group consisting of ships powered either by nuclear energy or biofuels the Navy is moving toward developing. The attached air wing of fighter jets would be fueled entirely by biofuels.

On Earth Day in April, the Navy made another step in that direction when it showcased the new “Green Hornet” F/A-18 Super Hornet multirole fighter jet that runs on a blend of traditional jet fuel and biofuel. This 50/50 blend is estimated to reduce carbon emissions up to 80 percent compared to the regular fuel, according to new release by the Naval Air Systems Command.

It’s important to decrease our dependence on fossil fuels and develop new technologies that are more environmentally friendly. Anything people can do to move closer to cleaner air while protecting and preserving nature is a step in the right direction.

Sometimes green vehicles and products are perceived as subpar to their counterparts, but these actions taken by the Navy to employ more energy efficient products shows that they are committed to developing advanced technology that does not compromise in quality or eco-friendliness.

While we have still have a long way to go in order to become free of our dependence on petroleum-based products, more people are beginning to realize that we must develop new technologies soon.

Whether it’s a simple decision that one individual can make, like bringing reusable bags to the grocery store, or a more complex plan by the Navy to switch to energy efficient biofuel for jets, we can all do our part to take better care of the earth.

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